10 things FLOTUS wants girls to know.

Michelle Obama is a legend. Fact. Everything she says is simple and relatable, and she never sounds preachy. Here are some of the best pieces of advice she has shared for girls…. 1. “There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education. If I had

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Dr James Barry: The woman who lived as a man.

As she prepared the body of one of the most respected doctors of the 19th century, a charwoman, made a discovery that would shock and embarrass the medical profession. Dr James Barry was in, fact, a girl. During a time when women were barred from attending medical school, Margaret Bulkley, aged 14, from Co Cork,

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5 Apps you NEED for School.

You know that phones are not just good for sending your friend snaps of you doing ‘pigface’, right? Although those are always funny. There are lots of apps out there to help you study, we have picked the best ones for you. Sraith Pictiúr (iPad/iPhone, Android, free) Ah the oul Sraith, impossible repitition of stories you’ll be hearing

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Sia’s new video will make you cry.

Sia has just released the video for her new single, “The Greatest,” which features Kendrick Lamar, which is apparantly a tribute to the victims of the shooting which took place in Pulse Nightclub, Orlando earlier this year. Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, the video stars Maddie Ziegler, who we

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Urgent: You HAVE to watch this Kenzo ad!

A perfume ad is a perfume ad, am I right? A pretty lady runs through a meadow/jungle/abandoned city pouting at the camera while wisps of her hair float softly around her perfect face. A man in a suit/white shirt/linen trouser combo/ his scunders sees her from afar and is instantly transfixed by her. Their eyes meet. It’s

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Whats the Story with Brock Turner?

At 1am, on  January 17th 2015, two cyclists came across Brock Turner having sex with an unconscious girl behind a dumpster on the grounds of Standford University. His victim remembers nothing and was informed that she was raped when she woke up in hospital. He was found guilty and on June 2nd, Judge Persky sentenced Turner to

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Want Clothes for free? Have a clothes swap!

In our dreams we all would have a wardrobe system much like Cher from  ‘Clueless’ . I mean …as if! In order to completely refresh your wardrobe, and have a really great girlie night, why don’t you and your friends host a clothes swap? We were involved in one a few years ago and went

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Hey Doc: Whats the deal with periods?

Ah periods. What a dose. We all have questions and some of us don’t know who to ask. Luckily, we have Dr Sharon here who will talk about literally anything. Why do we get periods? When girls are born they normally have a uterus [womb], 2 fallopian tubes and 2 ovaries- one left and one

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My Trans Diary

We have a new columnist here at Shona. Alexandra Day has offered to write us regular pieces about her journey, her life, her family, and her opinions. Oh Hey Alexandra! Tell us about Yourself??? My name is Alexandra Day and I am a transwoman but that is not all I am. Perhaps a slightly pretentious

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How Not to Help a Friend Who is Feeling Down

This post was written on Your Mental Health. We thought it was worth sharing….. When someone is feeling down or going through a tough time, it’s important to take them seriously and to give them some space to explain what is going on for them, and how they feel about it.  Avoid responses which reject

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Selena Takes Time to Look after her Mental Health

Yesterday, Selena Gomez announced that she will be taking a break from her career to take the time to focus on her mental health. In October 2015, Selena told her fans that she had been diagnosed with Lupus and was undergoing chemotherapy, saying at the time: Thank you to all my fans for your support. You

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Katie Laffan, Ready for the Picnic

Katie Laffan arrived with a bang on the music scene two years ago aged 17 when she appeared on the cover of the special ‘Big Break’ issue of Hot Press. Currently preparing to play at this years Electric Picnic, Katie had a chat with us about her music and prepared us a playlist of her favourite songs. Do

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ICYMI: Kellie O’Farrell, Burns Survivor

Some years ago, I watched a really touching documentary about Kellie O’Farrell, a young Longford girl, who had survived a fire when she was two, which resulted in most of her body being covered in substantial burns. Her story has stayed with me ever since, and this week I was delighted when she agreed to

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Meet our experts….

Luckily for us, we have some top notch help at hand to help us find the best advice.  These people deal with teen issues every day and there is no issue they haven’t seen before. Unfortunately, our experts are unable to offer specific advice on individual cases, but they are happy to talk about general

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Sorcha Richardson: An Irish songbird in NY

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson moved to New York in 2009 to study in The New School, a progressive edge arts college. This week, Sorcha is releasing some of her new music, and shared her new song, Walk Away with us, have a listen here: Sorcha, tell us about you the relationship you had with music growing

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How to be Bullied

Until I turned 14 my life was pretty textbook. I was the 2nd of three kids with an older sister and younger brother, a Mam and a Dad a dog and a cat. Everything was fine. Somewhere between 1st and 2nd year everything imploded and the ground was pulled out from beneath me. Within a

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Paralegend: Hayley Fitzsimons

  Hayley Fitzsimons may have shorter legs than you or I, but she’s well able to kick the world up the arse with them. Those legs have taken Hayley to America, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Dubai, Qatar and the UK. In her first year major competition in the Czech Republic in  2012, she took home gold in the

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Guest Post: I’m a Big Girl, and I’m Fine with That.

Clodagh wrote this post for us about making peace with how she looks… For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the way I am. Seems like a pretty vague statement. But it’s true… what is that way? FAT. F. A. T. Fat… I’ve heard every joke I can think of from bullies, all my life. I’ve

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